Join us for an extravagant red carpet event to celebrate Opening Night of the 2021 Brisbane International Film Festival, the most prestigious event on the calendar!

Walk the red carpet and enjoy a drink on arrival. Then collect your popcorn before heading into the Lyric Theatre for the opening night speeches and film.

Red Carpet from 6.00pm
Doors Open 7.00pm 
Film Commences 7.30pm sharp 

Included in your Ticket:

  • Walk the BIFF red carpet on arrival at QPAC.

  • Receive a popcorn and drink on entry (Beer, Wine or Soft Drink).

  • Exclusive ticket to see the BIFF Opening Night film first.

Featuring superb performances, an evocative setting, and unforgettable characters; The Drover’s Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson is the debut feature from Leah Purcell and influenced by the iconic story by Henry Lawson. Leah Purcell shines in the lead role and title character: Molly Johnson.

Molly Johnson’s husband is away droving sheep, leaving her alone to care for their four children in the remote Snowy Mountains. Despite being heavily pregnant, Molly keeps various threats, from nature and other people, at bay. But when Yadaka, an Aboriginal man on the run from white law enforcement, intrudes on the sanctuary she has carved out, the brutal hardships and secrets that have followed them both throughout their lives must be confronted.

Film Information
Australia (2021)
Directed by Leah Purcell
Cast: Leah Purcell, Rob Collins, Sam Reid, Jessica de Gouw
Screenwriter: Leah Purcell

About BIFF
The 27th annual Brisbane International Film Festival is a celebration of films for audiences seeking new perspectives and memorable experiences. For 11 days in October we celebrate the storytellers and filmmakers that seek to distract us from our daily lives. We celebrate this amazing city and the community that supports it.


    This film is rated MA15+ and contains strong violence

  • Connecting safely at QPAC

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Pricing Guide

Admission ALL TICKETS $50.20

A transaction fee of $7.20 applies per transaction. Selected ticket delivery methods may incur an additional charge. The minimum price listed may be available for selected performances only. Please see the event calendar when booking for the available date(s) and time(s) of this performance.